Backbone Living with Chronic Pain without Turning into One Karen Duffy
More than one-third of the United States population—nearly one hundred million Americans—is currently living with chronic pain, while another 133 million Americans live with some form of chronic illness. Half of the United States population suffers from these invisible illnesses where their symptoms are not always obvious to the casual observer. Among them is Karen Duffy, New York Times–bestselling author, former MTV DJ, Revlon model, and actress: she suffers from sarcoidosis, a disorder that causes the growth of inflammatory cells on different organs of the body. In her case, her sarcoidosis is located in her brain, causing her unimaginable pain.

For two decades, Duffy has managed to live a full life, despite living in a state of constant pain. In Backbone, a powerful, inspirational, funny, and important manual for surviving pain, Duffy draws on her experience as a patient advocate, trained recreational therapist, and hospice chaplain to illuminate gratifying methods people can use to cope with chronic pain. Backbone is for the massive population of sufferers who are eager to be understood and helped and sends the message that despite the pain, there is a way to seek a good life.

SubtitleLiving with Chronic Pain without Turning into One
AuthorKaren Duffy
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintArcade Publishing
Published7 November 2017
FormatElectronic book text

About the author

Karen Duffy is the author of the New York Times bestseller Model Patient: My Life as an Incurable Wise-Ass. She was the face for Revlon's “Charlie’s Girl” and a DJ for MTV for more than a decade. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times,, Glamour, Esquire, and the New York Daily News, and has played parts in the movies Dumb and Dumber, Celebrity, and Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. She resides in New York with her husband and son.

"My friend Karen Duffy, who lives with unimaginable pain has taught me so much; that my complaints are the most ridiculous in the world." —George Clooney

"Backbone is insightful, moving and very, very funny." —Randy Cohen, New York Times Ethicist columnist

Praise for Model Patient, My Life as an Incurable Wise-ass:
"If laughter is the best medicine, Duffy shows that laughing at debility is better yet." —Booklist

"Model Patient is an unforgettable, illuminating story that captures Duff's indomitable joie de vivre and how she has survived." —Google Books

"A cross between On the Road and The Power of Positive Thinking. Model Patient is an inspiring, life affirming and effortless poetic. And man, is it funny." —Peter Farrelly, film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist
ISBNs: 9781628727968 978-1-62872-796-8 Title: backbone category: 
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